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A DEFAULTING TOWN CLERK

THAMS3, Jult 15. The Polico Court was crowded to-day, when charges of embezzlement against F. C. Dean, late town ch rk, wore called on, before Mr H. W. Nortburoft, R.M. Accused was formally called, but did not appear. Mr Hudson Williamson, Crowe Prosecutor, saW he was well aware that Dean would not appear to day, as from information received on Saturday he knew that accused had left the district under cover of darkness last Thursday night in a uMriog boat, and had made his escape out of the Gulf. This was the way in which he appeared to have deserted the borough which had been such a benefit to him for so long. His esoape, however, was perhaps a matter of congratulation for the country at large, and the Thames community in particular, although the opportunity had thus been lost of publicly showing the burgesses to what a large extent they had been defrauded. The late town cieik had proved himself to bo a consummate scoundrel, and it was to be regretted that the burgesses could not ba shown how sadly their interests had been neglected by those who should havt looked after them. Aa the result of the audit so far made by Mr M'lntyre, it had been disclosed that moneys of the ratepayers considerably exceeding LI,COO had been fraudulently misappropriated by D im, moilik no doubt whatever but that if further investigations were made it would be found that these defalcations would extend over several years. The means resorted to by Dean had been of every conceivable description of deceit, and the forgeries had simply been artistic Not long ago the public had been eurprisnd at the revelations iu Pigott's case, but a greater Pigott had existed amongst them at the Thames. The initials of councillors on the Finance Committee and entries in the minute book had been very cleverly forged, and many other means of deceit resorted to by Dean. It had also been dis covered that he had raado improper use of the stamps of houses of business here, lender the whole of these circumstances it was not to be wondered at that he was not to be found. At all events the burgesses of the Thames might be congratulated that this " old man of the sea,*' who had been such a burden on their shoulders for so long, had now happily been got rid of He would ask His Worship, under s ction 138 of the Justices of the Peace Act, to endorse on the recognisances that Dean had made default, and aßked that the bonds should be estreated. His Worship agreed to do this, ami a f reeU warrant

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A DEFAULTING TOWN CLERK, Issue 7959, 15 July 1889

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A DEFAULTING TOWN CLERK Issue 7959, 15 July 1889

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